Clyfford STILL (1904-1980)

Clyfford Still is an American artist born in 1904 in Grandin, North Dakota and died in 1980 in Baltimore.

Considered to be one of the pioneers of Abstract Expressionism, his work is recognized as being of the same caliber as Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko and JJackson Pollock. As it evolved, Still’s works, often large in size, shifted from recognizable images and landscapes to darker shapes, colors, irregular shapes and more abstract lines. A retrospective exhibition was dedicated to him in 1979 by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. In 2011, the Clyfford Still Museumopened in Denver, Colorado, where nearly 95% of his works are kept, mostly dated between 1951 and 1980. The same year, a large canvas from 1949 exceeded $ 61m at Sotheby’s (1949-A-N°1).

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.. . . Yes indeed… On 10 July last, Christie’s organized its first ever major ‘worldwide’ auction, baptised ONE. Thanks to streaming technology, ONE took place via 4 consecutive sessions in Hong Kong, Paris, London and New York, and it grossed nearly $421 million in just four hours. Although none of the works sold above […]

In the month of November, Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips all have a lot at stake with prestige sales of Impressionist, Modern, Post-War and Contemporary art. This year, with the big New York sales programmed for what turned out to be an extremely tense post-election week, the art market was in need of serious reassurance… The […]

Ai Weiwei reframes the Palazzo Strozzi AI Weiwei’s first solo exhibition in Italy will surely not go unnoticed. Entitled ‘Ai Weiwei Libero’ as a tribute to the refugees criss-crossing Europe, it is the largest retrospective of his work to date and runs until 22 January 2017 at the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence. Arturo Galansino, who […]

Today’s prices of American Abstract Expressionist art illustrate the country’s dominance of the global market, with works by Mark ROTHKO, Clyfford STILL, Jackson POLLOCK and Sam FRANCIS easily fetching more than $50 million at auction.

The room was packed for this historic sale and the atmosphere was electric…at least, at the start of the bidding, which often lost its momentum somewhat prematurely, leading to a certain amount of anxiety.

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